University of Glasgow Postgraduate Researcher, Zyra Evangelista, awarded prize for Research Work on Gender Identity and Sexual orientation Issues to Combat Discrimination.

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Researcher, Zyra Evangelista, was awarded the Padova University Single Committee for Equal Opportunities, Employee Satisfaction, and against discrimination (CUG) 2022 Prize for Research Work on Gender Identity and Sexual orientation Issues to Combat Discrimination.

The prize is awarded to early career researchers carrying out research activities on the subject of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia in Universities or Research Institutes. Candidates are assessed based on their research article’s originality, scientific journal prestige, and contribution as author or co-author.

Zy’s submission “Exploring LGBT+ campus climate in the UK and Philippines: How prejudice and belonging shape inclusion in higher education” was a co-authored article published in the European Journal of Social Psychology Special Issue on The Social Psychology of Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: Social Processes and Contexts. The work is based on their PhD project supervised by Professor Catherine Lido, Dr Maxine Swingler, and Dr Jason Bohan.

Commenting on Zy’s work, the CUG committee mentioned that this was “the third year of the award…the quality of the submissions was very high but the decision was unanimous…” while Professor Tindara Addabbo (President of the National Conference of Italian Universities Equality Bodies) commended Zy for the quality of their presentation and mixed-method comparative approach to studying LGBT+ inclusion in Higher Education.

The awarding ceremony was held virtually on 17 May 2022 to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Prior to receiving the CUG award, Zy was shortlisted for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Impact Award (April 2022) and was a finalist at the University of Glasgow 3-minute thesis competition (March 2022). Aside from being one of the University of Glasgow’s Future World Changers, Zy is an Associate Tutor for the Psychological Studies Programme at the School of Education and a Research Associate for the Gendered Journeys Project.

Zyra said “I’m honoured to receive this award from the CUG. As an early career researcher, receiving international recognition raises the profile of my work and widens its potential to generate positive impact. I want to continue contributing towards improving LGBT+ inclusion in Higher Education because it’s important for every individual, including those who identify as LGBT+ to feel like they are in a safe environment to discover and be who they are.”

Image of LGBTQ+ FLAG with name of Zyra's presentation “Exploring LGBT+ campus climate in the UK and Philippines: How prejudice and belonging shape inclusion in higher education”


First published: 21 June 2022

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